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The Google Glass wearable computing 'enhanced reality' project got off the ground this week at the Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this week. Around 6,000 developers were present to see a demonstration of the futuristic technology which integrates a small video-display suspended from the arm of the headset which is worn like a pair of spectacles. Complete with Internet connectivity, a battery in the arm and the ability to change the perspective of the video stream as you move your head, the Google Glass prototype is no heavier than a standard pair of sunglasses and just as …

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2014 was not a good year for Microsoft, with the Xbox Live network being disrupted at both ends of December by [Lizard Squad DDoS attacks](https://www.daniweb.com/software-development/game-development/news/488412/lizard-squad-claims-responsibility-for-taking-down-xbox-live-today) and then as the year was finally coming to an end a different hacking collective dropped another bomb onto Xbox. A posting on Twitter simply stated "Hey, @Xbox! We thought we'd drop on by and End 2014 with a bang ;)" along with a link to a file on Kim Dotcom's Mega cloud storage service. That file, freely available for download by anyone, was the official Xbox One Software Development Kit. ![dweb-xboxone.jpg](/attachments/large/0/c74c87eb29bf89b2cc9ce2f0855f42fe.jpg "align-center") Interestingly, the …

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Bugs are, and always have been, a fact of life for the software developer. However, if Microsoft researcher Andrew Begel has his way, they could be a thing of the past. Last month a paper entitled '[Using Psycho-Physiological Measures to Assess Task Difficulty in Software Development](http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=209878)' was published which Begel co-authored. This week, Begel spoke at the annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on the subject. Basically what Begel and his research colleagues are saying is that the existing work looking at dealing with programming errors tends to focus on the "post hoc identification of correlations between bug fixes and code" …

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Wearable computing has been a buzzword for so long that it's easy to get blinded by the hype and not realise that actually it's a reality; and one that got even more real with the announcement by Google of Android Wear. Forget the fitness bands of today and the 'smart watches' of yesteryear, with Android Wear Google hopes to get the jump on Apple (likely to announce a smart watch iOS platform real soon now) by extending the hugely popular Android OS to wearables. The starting point of this strategy being smart watches that combine time-telling with app notifications, voice …

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In what has been called by some commentators the ‘most significant update in five years’ the latest version of Python finally come of age. Python 2.5 not only apparently fixes some 450 bugs discovered since the 2.4 release was, err, released, but also throws in some 350 patches for good measure. Hey Microsoft, there’s a new patch king in town and it’s the [URL="http://www.python.org/psf/"]Python Software Foundation[/URL]. Although officially ‘suitable’ for production use, the changes that help improve the way Python supports 64 bit systems might break certain C extension modules, so you might want to take that particular definition of …

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[![Perforce Software](/attachments/small/0/b6af75be8ad198722ef5cae5061023d5.jpg "align-right")](http://www.perforce.com) Perforce Software has today shared five essential tips for software development teams to consider by way of spring cleaning the development environment. These management guidelines are designed to help maintain well-organized codebases as well as improving the overall development process. Randy DeFauw, senior product manager at Perforce Software, told DaniWeb that he has seen the value of breaking down silos over and over again. "Ten years ago I saw a project hit a testing wall because the developers had never seen the test plan before final acceptance began" DeFauw says "Five years ago I saw repeated deployment …

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Google has announced the availability of more than 1000 ‘Google Gadgets’ that can be run on any web site, differentiating them from the existing desktop gadgets which could only work locally by way of the Google Desktop software or on a personalized Google homepage. These bits of cobbled together HTML and Javascript code that act as dynamic applications when installed on your web page are also different from the Widgets that Yahoo has had available ever since it acquired Konfablator last year. Those 3000+ plus mini-applications only run if you download and install an 11Mb host application first, and then …

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...and the Microsoft AJAX Library, err, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Yep, Microsoft has not only finally come up with an official name for the AJAX technologies which until now have been known collectively as ‘Atlas’ but has also split it into three individual products. All are expected to ship by year-end. ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions cover the server-side functionality, while the Microsoft AJAX Library handles the client-side stuff and integrates with the server-based extensions, naturally. The final part of this triumvirate is the self-explanatory ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Together, the intention is to simplify ASP 2.0 web development …

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The world's largest digital jobs survey, using data extracted from more than 230,000 jobs posted to The Freelancer.co.uk site, reveals some interesting hiring trends in the developer sector. ![dweb-androidapps](/attachments/small/0/dweb-androidapps.jpg "align-right") According to the latest Freelancer Fast 50 survey, if you are a mobile apps developer than it's pretty good news overall with job offers in both Android and iOS marketplaces on the up. However, Android developers should have the broadest smiles on their faces after the survey showed that job offers for them were up by 16% on the previous quarter. Meanwhile, although I would hardly have used the word …

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Google might be the biggest search resource on the Internet bar none, but it's far from perfect. In some areas it's actually worse than that, and simply fails to work at all. Now students at the University of Glasgow in Scotland are attempting to fill one of these search gaps with the development of the SMART search engine. ![dweb-smart](/attachments/small/0/dweb-smart.jpg "align-right") Here's the problem: ask Google "How busy is it in New York?" and you will be confronted by a whole bunch of results which don't answer you query at all. In fact, I've just done exactly that and the first …

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The results from what is claimed to be the most comprehensive global online job trends survey, the 'Fast 50' Q2 2012 report took data from 190,000 online job postings as an indicator of the global online employment economy. Some of the findings are surprising to say the least, such as how the Facebook IPO fiasco has impacted negatively upon employment within the social media sector and why Apple is leaving Android in its dust. The Facebook IPO 'fizzer' has seen Facebook related jobs fall by 14% in the quarter, and Freelancer.co.uk (the authors of the Fast 50 report) reckon this …

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**Appcelerator releases Titanium 2.0 with suite of mobile cloud services.** On April 17th, 2012, Appcelerator took the wraps off of the latest release of their flagship product Titanium 2.0. This major point release of the seminal cross-platform mobile development environment brings with it a new suite of ready-to-use 'Instant Mobile Cloud Capabilities' via an available SDK. For those unfamiliar with Titanium, it is an award winning mobile development platform with over 40,000 apps downloaded to millions of devices. It supports native app development by providing seamless JavaScript APIs for thousands of device-native functions in iOS & Android in addition to …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21994[/ATTACH]The latest in a series of round table industry events held in the UK, and featuring a panel of experts in the field of commercial software development, has warned that ignoring the popularity of casual and mobile gaming is a big mistake for any successful digital development strategy. Interestingly, it also suggested that using the iPad as a TV games controller could be the key to ongoing success for games developers. The panel of experts at the event dismissed the relatively poor sales of the Nintendo 3DS portable console as being an indicator of failing interest in the sector. Stuart …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22075[/ATTACH]A new survey conducted by Newzoo for casual gaming developers PopCap Games has discovered that, as far as European gamers are concerned anyway, there simply is no one platform that is dominant. I appreciate that may come as something of a surprise when you look at the money that gets spent on console games compared to other platforms, but the fact is they split their gaming time between many different devices. The survey revealed that European gamers will split their available gaming time pretty much down the middle, allocating the same amount of playing between consoles, web-based casual gaming sites, …

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A specialist mobile software management company, [URL="http://www.redbend.com"]Red Bend Software[/URL], has today announced what it claims to be the first Linux based mobile phone complete with fully over the air customizable software. The breakthrough has been made possible by partnerships with companies such as Digital Airways, Opera, Synchronica, Trolltech and Zi, and has been used to showcase the deployment and updating of applications using the Red Bend vRapid Mobile technology concept. The handset itself is not actually available to purchase though, but remains firmly in the realms of concept fantasy. Red bend refer to it as a MAST, short for Master …

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Apple has tonight given us a sneak preview of what is coming in the iPhone 3.0 major update which DaniWeb writer Davey Winder was [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4137.html"]second guessing[/URL] earlier. While Davey managed to predict the arrival of cut, copy and paste functionality for iPhone 3.0, this was pretty much a given to be honest. He also got it bang on when he said the event would "pretty much all be iPhone business" and there would be none of the mythical Apple Tablet announcements some had speculated about. So what exactly did Apple announce in what turned out to be less launch event …

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First Apple decided that an iPhone game which featured Barack Obama bouncing on a trampoline and [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/02/10/apple-bans-bouncing-barack-and-trouserless-bill/"]Bill Clinton without trousers[/URL] was in such bad taste that it had no place in the App Store and so refused to feature it. Then came the equally mad news that an application to put South Park wallpaper and [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23321/1231/"]perfectly legal video clips[/URL] from the series on the iPhone was also far from being what it deems acceptable content for the App Store and banned that as well. At the time the developers of this particular app were quoted as saying that Apple thought …

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With the Android developer community buzzing about how easy it is to pirate apps, one outfit took it upon itself to try and track down the pirates. The results are truly shocking. [attach]16959[/attach]The provocatively named Android Police site last week claimed that [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/626374/android-app-flaw-allows-easy-piracy"]most Android apps can be simply patched and stripped of their licensing protection[/URL]. Indeed, Android Police even went as far as to produce a video demonstration entitled 'Breaking Google's Android Licensing Verification Library (LVL)' which proved just how easy it actually is. And with [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/27/android_market_devs_unhappy/"]49 percent of publishers making less than they had hoped for from Android development[/URL] …

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[ATTACH=right]15792[/ATTACH]Google has been attempting to break out of their search engine based box for quite some time by presenting challenges to some of the IT world's biggest names such as Microsoft and Apple. Now with the new App Inventor that Google has launched for Android it is giving developers more incentive to use their platform, giving the iPhone's developmental platform a run for its money. Today's launch of the [URL="http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/"]Android App Inventor[/URL] came after a year long effort of Google's development team to put users in the driver's seat. This app development tool received wide spread exposure this weekend when …

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A new game development company, [URL="http://www.direwolfdigital.com/"]Dire Wolf Digital,[/URL] has officially announced itself to the world today and could be prepared to make a big splash in the gaming world come 2011. [ATTACH=right]15818[/ATTACH]The company shows some strong potential given their current make-up of seasoned veterans in the gaming and business world including Dire Wolf's founder, Scott Martins who has served as studio head of Sony Online Entertainment's Denver office. Martins also founded Worlds Apart Productions which was later acquired by Sony Online Entertainment's Denver studio. Other key players include Creative Director Paul Dennen whose list of credits include winning a Best …

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According to recent [URL="http://blog.quantcast.com/quantcast/2010/06/may-mobile-os-share-north-america.html"]reports[/URL] the Android operating system has an impressive 19.9% share of the US mobile web market. That's still some way behind Apple iOS on 58.8% but the iPhone has been around for a lot longer. It should come as no surprise, then, that Yahoo! wants to get a piece of that Android action. Which is why it has now [URL="http://ymobileblog.com/blog/2010/06/30/yahoo-brings-its-world-class-communications-experiences-to-your-android-phone-plus-introduces-the-all-new-html5-mobile-web-mail/"]announced[/URL] the continuing expansion of its reach with the immediate availability of Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps plus a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android. [attach]15667[/attach]The new apps come complete with new functionality and enhancements that have been …

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It isn't quite Perl version 6 but it's well on its way. Between now and Monday, [URL="http://www.activestate.com"]ActiveState[/URL] will release version 5.12 of its cross platform, easily installed ActivePerl. Version 5.12 offers more than simple bug fixes; it's a major release that some developers look toward with great anticipation. The major improvements included in this release are: [QUOTE]• Perl’s time functions work beyond the year 2038: With previous versions of Perl for 32-bit Unix systems, it could only represent dates up to the year 2038, after which it wraps around back to 1970. It is especially important for financial services organizations …

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"After years of pretending to be a friend of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), IBM now shows its true colors. IBM breaks the number one taboo of the FOSS community and shamelessly uses its patents against a well-respected FOSS project, the Hercules mainframe emulator." Those are [URL="http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/04/ibm-breaks-taboo-and-betrays-its.html"]the words of Florian Mueller[/URL], the well known software developer and open source political lobbyist and founder of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign, who accuses IBM of betraying its promise to the FOSS community and claims the company has declared patent war in order to "protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open …

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The MIX10 Microsoft Developer Conference is always good for a laugh or two, but just who was rolling on the floor after the IE9 preview code was revealed? Certainly Microsoft is deadly serious about Internet Explorer: The Next Generation. So serious that it has apparently created a new development team dedicated to the project which promises to be less a case of feature creep and more a matter of proving that it is truly committed to the whole IE browser brand in the face of stiff, and innovative, competition from both Mozilla and perhaps especially Google in the form of …

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According to a Search Software Quality survey of 492 IT professionals, 22 percent struggle most with requirements gathering. Yet the same group said they spend less than 12 percent of their time doing it. Not so at [url=http://www.lsi.com]LSI Corp.[/url], which probably made some of the storage silicon in the computer you're using right now. "During development phase, we take an idea to 10 choice customers and ask what they think," said Steve Hochberg, senior director of high performance computing at LSI. "We ask where the requirements are going in two years and whether [our idea] meets them. 'Are we headed …

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An increasing number of cities in the United States and Canada are releasing data to developers to use in applications. While regions have released geographic information system (GIS) data for some time, such data required complicated software to use. Cities are now releasing all kinds of data, some of them as simple as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. In [URL="http://www.sfmayor.org/press-room/press-releases/opendata/"]October[/URL], San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom required that City departments make all non-confidential datasets under their authority available on [URL="http://datasf.org/"]DataSF.org[/URL]. Dozens are available, ranging from city surveys, election statements and ballot measures, and performance measures, as well as a great deal of GIS …

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Does it seem to you that Linux distributions have fallen into to a [I]well[/I] or other deep support chasm that defies the space-time continuum? It seems so to me. Linux distributions are lagging behind Windows and Mac in significant ways. Well, it doesn't work for this chipset. Well, it works but you have to tweak it. Well, it works but...is the common theme for many Linux installations. This generates frustrations for users old and new. It's hard to convince someone to use Linux when it's even hard for me to do something that would be impossible for a newbie. For …

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They say it ain't over until the fat lady sings, well it looks like this particular Opera story is far from over folks no matter what some might tell you. Perhaps the most famous Norwegian export since the Vikings, [URL="http://www.opera.com"]Opera[/URL] the web browser has certainly lost favour with the technology press. Once upon a time Opera was the big threat to Microsoft Internet Explorer, it was the only alternative browser client that anyone who was anyone would talk about. Then along came Mozilla Firefox and everything changed, pretty much overnight. Today, Opera struggles to get column inches ahead of even …

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[I]I have watched you on the shore Standing by the ocean's roar Do you love me, do you surfer girl ~Beach Boys, Surfer Girl [/I] [URL="http://wave.google.com/help/wave/closed.html"]Google Wave[/URL] invitations went out last week to 100,000 lucky people and I didn't get one. I'm stuck on the shore line while the fortunate few are riding the first Google Wave. I don't mind telling you, I really want to get my hands on an invitation. I know what you're thinking if you're a regular reader: 'Aren't you the guy who wrote [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220576.html"]A Curmudgeonly Look at Google Wave[/URL] when it was first announced?' Well …

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Safari 4.0.3 is out now and available for [URL="http://support.apple.com/downloads/Safari_4_0_3"]download[/URL] from Apple, for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. While there are the usual claims of making things more stable when using third party plugins and in particular for handling the HTML 5 video tag, it is with regards to security strengthening and bug squishing that the real interest lies. So with the latest update Apple says it has fixed issues which impacted upon users logging in to the iWork.com document sharing service, an Apple service embarrassingly enough and I should have said prevented users logging on to be …

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